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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread 2016 - News, Pictures, Sizing, Accessories, Clothing, etc

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by watchidiot, Feb 12, 2016.

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  1. naspratt

    naspratt Senior member

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    Since they're still using the lamb skin lining, I'd be surprised if they changed the insole. But they stopped using piping along the throat, so they may well have decided insole was an easy place to boost profits.
     
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    Being relative new to the fine shoe game, I have read many posts about shoe care. The various approaches to high shine, removing scratches, caring for shell, etc, are similar to hearing how to make "the world's best chili." Seems everyone has their own secret. So I wanted to echo those who have advocated the minimalist approach to shell care. I laid a nice scratch on the heel yesterday. Nothing fatal, but it was certainly noticeable and could be felt. No creams; no polish. Just several minutes of good brushing and it all just faded away. My affection for shell is deepening.

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  3. SSingh1975

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    Got my Malone from the clearence sale earlier last week. I've had sizing issues with Dalton/Strand in the past but the Malone fits like glove. Zero break-in needed.

    Seems like some factory sheen still on it so I'll wear it down before applying venetian cream. LOVE the fit and comfort. Feels like wearing sneakers!!

    And my current 'beaters'. The Loakes were the replacement for the Daltons and I highly recommend it. It has dainite sole and after 6 months of heavy wear (in winter as well), it's held up extremely well . And the brogueing/laces are beter than the Daltons.

    The Indy's....well...it's the Indy's ..throw everything at it and the boots take it all.
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  4. RichieP

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    What color are your Malones? (Same Q for @smfdoc and whoever else has these) The website pictures are awful, but yours and smfdoc's IRL pics make a impressive difference. Getting a good view of the stitching, reverse welt and soles in your third pic really shows off the casual vibe of this shoe.
     
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    Neo1,
    So, this one on shoebank isn't good for hiking?

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    RichieP, that Malone is the brown cruiser but it's actually closer to a walnut color and my walnut belt matches it well.
     
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  7. cc808314

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    I wouldn't take any AE boot off-roading. They are not built for that. The older gen. Long Branch might be ok for a short while.
     
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    Yeah, I dunno. I beat the hell out of mine and it's falling apart after about 3 years.
     
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    Thanks. That would probably be okay with me. The price is very low, and I am basically looking for something to be rough on (not so much for the look, although I like the look of these). If I got 3 years out of them for $137, that's not a bad deal. I am trying to figure out what kind of sole that is on them. If it's hard rubber, I might consider these this summer.

    My running shoes were fine to wear when I was 22 on hikes, but now that I'm in my 30's, they leave my legs feeling achey after a long day of walking.
     
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    I have that sole on my suede McAllisters. It's quite soft (and comfortable):

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  11. Lobster33

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    Thanks. If it's softer than the Othello, it's not in my best interest then. The Malone and Wilbert is about as soft as I can go.

    So now I see it was the other ones that Neo was talking about that had the vibram sole. I was confused.
     
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    Actually looking at the picture more closely, I don't think it's the same as the Vibram gumlight on my macs.
     
  13. RichieP

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    @smfdoc @Lobster33 @SSingh1975:

    Thanks,

    Brown as in model #7852? I went back through all your recent pics, and I would have put money on them being Gold (7854). Makes me wonder how much lighter the gold ones actually are, and if there's a wide variation in brown colors a la the Cognac McTavishes.

    Well, at least I'm thinking about a clearance model instead of Pep's awesome shell Bradleys .
     
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  14. Lobster33

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    It's the 7852. I actually checked my tongue several times to make sure I bought the right one. When they arrived, I was a bit surprised how they were more like a walnut than brown. I like the walnut color so I kept them. They are my most comfortable shoe, but the leather is extremely soft and gets wrinkled more than my other shoes. I've been told the gold color is closer to a yellow.

    The old black friday ad is quite misleading on the color.

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    I checked the tongue and mine are the gold 7854 model. If I have used polish on then 1-2 times I would have used the walnut. You should now be thoroughly confused.
     
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    Hey folks - I'm going to be posting some 10Ds on Classic B&S today. Probably the Bay in a week or two if they don't move. Bourbon McAllister, Burgundy Nathan (5th Ave style on the 8 last), and Brooks Chili Warwick all with plenty of life. My fav's are the Nathan.

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    [​IMG] Yours look exactly like mine. WTF. Perhaps they put the wrong stamp on mine? Now I'M confused....

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    Thanks (and wow that was fast)! They're great and I'm not all that thrilled to sell them, if I'm honest.
     
  20. FaRKle

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    So I went to the Walnut Creek store this morning to order a couple pairs of shell. The store looks nice, and feels more open than the SF Sutter street store, however the shoes are laid out more around the exterior of the store so it feels a bit more difficult to browse.

    The manager, Jay, and staff were all super approachable and seemed to know their stuff quite well for being a brand new store (and assuming that they're mostly new AE associates). I'd say they were even more knowledgeable than most of the folks I regularly see at the SF store.

    I'm not sure whether it varies per region or not, but when I asked about the "any shoe made in shell MTO" program, they said that the cost was $125 over standard shell cost, not $110 as reported earlier in this thread. They did confirm that the SMU (welt, insole, outsole, non-std size) changes were $40 each with a $110 max charge for 3+ changes.

    Their 15% off sale runs till the 25th, and includes MTO and SMU fees.

    It looks like Paul G. will be at the store on Tuesday the 17th, and at one of the SF stores the following Friday (20th). I might make the trip over to say hi.
     
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